Skelmanthorpe Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (19 September 2022)

Fantastic concert well worth the three year wait

Let’s take a trip into our time machine to the 9th September 2019:

“We hope Skelmanthorpe Band’s next concert at Boarshurst will be in 2020 rather than 2021. With a most enjoyable programme and great delivery from Martin Heartfield, it was well worth waiting for.”

Thanks to COVID, it was three years and eight days since Skelmanthorpe Band’s last concert at Boarshurst Band Club. Was it worth the wait?

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The Lindley Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (11th September 2022)

Widdop’s new band wows audience with traditional yet exciting programme

This week’s review is dedicated to the memory of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth the Second. East of the M60 also sends its condolences to the Royal Family.

Long Live the King.

S.V., Monday 12th September 2022.

Another Sunday, another great Boarshurst night, and another appearance for Alan Widdop. Had it not been for the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth the Second, it would have been ‘back to the old routine’.  In the words of the late great John Peel, in relation to the late great Mark E. Smith from The Fall, “same but different”.

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Relief as Over Sixty Important Bus Routes are Spared Service Cuts

Funding found for socially necessary Greater Manchester bus routes

With the perfect storm of skyrocketing energy prices and swingeing bus service cuts, Greater Manchester’s bus users could have been in for a much bleaker winter. The loss of Department of Transport funding on the 4th October from COVID Recovery grants would have seen cuts to 33 bus routes and the loss of 31 bus routes.

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Pride Brass: Another Special Sunday Brass Night at the Boarshurst Band Club (04 September 2022)

Vibrant programme makes for cheerful start to new season at Mecca of Brass Banding

In a time where every single colour seems to fade to Farrow and Ball grey, Pride Brass brought a welcome splash of colour to Boarshurst Band Club for two entertaining hours. They opened the new season with an enjoyable concert with a selection of brass banding classics and some poppier numbers.

For anybody new to brass banding, Pride Brass is a scratch band of LGBTQ+ players and LGBTQ+ ally players. Many of which are in First Section and Championship Section bands across the UK. As with their first ever public performance as Pride Brass, their Musical Director is Matt Ryan. He has a rich pedigree, making a success of Flixton Band.

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Dogs on Trams: Yappy Days Indeed

Why dogs on Metrolink trams is a long time coming

For some people, the 1st August is Yorkshire Day, a celebration of all things to all Yorkshire folk. For example, its cultural tapestry, scenery and fine food. In Greater Manchester, it is observed by Saddleworth folk with festivals and white roses. It kicks off Saddleworth’s summertime events like the Rushcart Festival and (unofficially this year) the Yanks Weekend.

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Lady Wilton Hall, Simister by Impudicus (2014).

Besses Boys Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (17 July 2022)

Joyous finale to concert season at Boarshurst for James Holt and Co.

Besses Boys Band rounded off the 2021 – 22 season of Boarshurst concerts in style with a most likeable programme. Without being too demanding nor light hearted without being too light hearted, the programme included two great solos and an original piece. One that only had its second ever public performance.

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Milnrow Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club, 10th July 2022

Harmony Street’s finest on fire in outstanding concert

With the thermometer days away from reaching a record high temperature for 2022, the hottest ticket at Boarshurst was Milnrow Band’s concert. With a packed house, The Mecca of Brass Banding was entranced by Gareth Brindle’s band. Each and every piece was tighter than Scrooge on austerity measures and the programme was immensely enjoyable from start to finish.

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Macclesfield Heritage Centre image by Mike In Macc, 2013.

Silk Brass: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (03 July 2022)

Stylish show makes for memorable night of music

Consistency runs through Silk Brass like ‘Blackpool’ does with a stick of rock. At each concert, Tony Wyatt and Co give their audience a merry dance, with a lively programme of classics and future classics. Last Sunday’s concert was no exception, as we had a welcome mix of music from 19th to 21st centuries.

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Slaithwaite Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (12 June 2022)

Fantastic finish to Whit Friday weekend with enjoyable programme

After the welcome return of The Greatest Free Show on Earth, post Whit Friday concerts are another moment to cherish. Whether the arrival of a continental band or a band from the Colne Valley, it rounds off the weekend in great style.

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Diggle From Harrop Edge, Bill Boaden 2010

The Diggle Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (05 June 2022)

Sparky performance hits right note for Whit Friday curtain raiser

With only days to go till The Greatest Free Show on Earth, The Diggle Band gave us all a great concert with a well rounded programme. It ticked a lot of boxes in the traditional sense with a rousing overture, a classic contest march, and a few great solos.

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